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If you have been charged with a DUI in the surrounding areas of Snohomish, King or Skagit County, Washington, contact Russell & Hill, PLLC, DUI attorneys, by completing our “Free DUI Evaluation Form” to schedule a free initial consultation.

Our DUI attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC defend clients against drunk driving charges.  We also represent clients facing felony DUI, underage DUI, and drug possession charges.

A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) carries significant penalties that are often worse than many felonies! Because of the serious consequences, even a first-time DUI should be treated seriously.

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  • Everett
  • Marysville
  • Lake Stevens
  • Snohomish
  • Lynnwood
  • Seattle
  • Shoreline
  • Arlington
  • Kirkland
  • Bothell
  • Edmonds
  • Redmond
  • Monroe
  • Mill Creek
  • Mountlake Terrace
  • Mukilteo
  • Burien
  • Mt. Vernon
  • Spokane

What do the DUI laws in Washington say?

Washington DUI law section 46.61.502 says that “A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state.”

Under DUI laws in Washington, a person is prohibited from operating a vehicle, or from being in actual physical control of a vehicle, if they have:

  • A blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher
  • A THC concentration of 5 nanograms or more per milliliter have blood
  • Are under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or marijuana
  • BAC less than .15% OR no test result
    • Minimum 24 hours jail time or 15 days electronic home monitoring (EHM)
    • Maximum 364 days in jail
    • Fines ranging from $990.50 to $5,000 
    • License suspension of 90 days
    • One year ignition interlock requirement
    • Alcohol and drug assessment
    • Probation for five years (negotiable)
  • BAC of .15% or higher OR test refusal
    • Minimum 48 hours consecutive jail time or 30 days electronic home monitoring (EHM)
    • Maximum 364 days in jail
    • Fines ranging from $1,245.50 to $5,000
    • License suspension of one to two years – dependent of refusal
    • One year ignition interlock requirement
    • Alcohol and drug assessment
    • Probation for five years (negotiable)

DUI Penalties

Here is a list of some of the penalties that may result from a DUI conviction:

  • Your driver’s license can be suspended.
  • You may be sentenced to jail and be required to pay significant fines.
  • You will have a criminal record that may prevent you from obtaining certain types of employment.
  • You may have difficulty crossing the Canadian border.
  • If you are stationed at a military installation, such as the U.S. Naval Station in Everett, you may experience military sanctions.
  • You may be forced to have high-risk SR-22 insurance.
  • You may have to have an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle for one year.

Enhanced penalties if you have a child in the vehicle

You need to be aware that there are enhanced penalties for those who are charged and convicted of DUI while having a child passenger. If the driver convicted of DUI with transporting a child under the age of 16 at the time of the offense, there will be:

  • An additional 24 hours of jail time and fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for a first offense.
  • An additional five days in jail and fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for a second offense.
  • An additional 10 days in jail and fines ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 for a third offense.

All are these additional penalties will be on top of the normal penalties associated with a DUI conviction.

Do all DUIs get reported to the Washington Department of Licensing?

Yes, the court reports all DUI convictions to the Washington Department of Licensing. The Department then takes the following actions depending on the number of DUI offenses a person has been convicted of.

  • First offense: 90-day license suspension (two days if a person is enrolled in 90 days of the 27/7 sobriety program). If a driver’s BAC was .15% or more, then the suspension will be one year (four days if enrolled in the 27/7 sobriety program).
  • Second offense: Two-year license suspension (one year if enrolled in six months of the 24/7 sobriety program). If a driver’s BAC was .15% or more, then this suspension will be 900 days.
  • Third offense: The Driver’s license will be revoked for three years (four years if the driver’s BAC was .15% or more).

Please note that drivers who refuse to submit to a breath or blood test are subject to license revocation. This will include a two-year revocation for a first offense, three-year revocation for a second offense, and a four-year revocation for a third offense.

DUI Attorneys Defense Strategy

Being arrested for a DUI is stressful. Our DUI attorneys make sure that defending yourself against a DUI charge does not add to your stress.

Our DUI attorneys’ defense strategies include:

  • Examining the evidence against you, including evaluating how field sobriety tests were administered and the training of the officers who required them.
  • Determining whether health or medication issues may have affected the outcome of blood alcohol content BAC tests.
  • Reviewing the simulator solutions and BAC testing material to make sure your Datamaster was in proper working order at the time you took the test.
  • Reviewing your prior driving record.
  • Advising clients about responding to police interrogation and requests to take field sobriety tests.
  • Suppressing evidence to weaken the prosecutor’s case at trial.

Once a thorough investigation has been completed, it may reveal violations of your rights, faulty evidence, and improper police procedures that may be favorable to your DUI case.

How Our DUI Attorneys Can Help

Our DUI attorneys will work closely with you to negotiate a plea bargain, and/or possibly eliminate some or all the DUI charges.  We are experienced in negotiating with the prosecution, and we can advise you on whether to accept an offer or move towards trial. We will go to trial if it is in your best interests.

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Our DUI Attorneys also:

  • Help clients retain their driver’s licenses.
  • Get DUI’s dismissed and/or amended to lower charges.
  • Develop solutions for alternative sentencing such as community service, work release, work crew, electronic home monitoring, and/or alcohol abuse treatment so that clients can stay out of jail.

Contact DUI Attorneys

Fill out our Criminal Defense Case Evaluation Form and request a free consultation with one of our DUI attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC.  Get the representation you deserve.

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Russell & Hill, PLLC, DUI attorneys, also serve the communities of Arlington, Bothell, Edmonds, Everett, Kenmore, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Shoreline, Snohomish, Stanwood, and Sultan.

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Date published: 2019-02-07
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